GREENCASTLE -- Kick off the holiday season with the time-honored community tradition, the Greencastle Civic League's 27th annual "Lights of Love" ceremony.
The festive program will be hosted by Mayor Sue Murray at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Greencastle City Hall.
"This event is about welcoming in the holiday season, honoring the voices and talents of the children in our community and taking time to honor and remember those most important in our lives," said Greencastle Civic League President Cathryn Ensley.
Students in kindergarten through second grade will compete in a "Decorate the Light" contest. Students in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 will compete in an essay contest, writing about "What are you most thankful for?" The essay winners will read their awarded entries during the ceremony, and the winning "Decorate the Light" pictures will be on display.
The TZ After School Enrichment Choir will also perform holiday music. The evening will conclude with the winners lighting the ceremonial holiday tree.
Community members are encouraged to attend the ceremony and to purchase a light in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one. Lights can be purchased for $3.50 for one, or $5 for two. Call at 720-7610 to buy a light in advance of the ceremony.
All lights purchased by Monday will be mentioned in the event program.
Also, on Dec. 7, coinciding with the Greencastle Civic League's Lights of Love Program, is the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce presentation of the "Spirit of Christmas" Award. Since 1984 this award has been presented to a local business whose holiday window decorations best capture the "Spirit of Christmas" theme.